External Advisory Board

The External Advisory Board (EAB) of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is a select group of representatives from industry, government agencies, academia and the profession who advise the department on academic issues, current trends and future directions in engineering.

EAB members are expected to:

  • Act as a board that will work together with the department to plan and execute programming that will enhance departmental prominence within the University, professional and academic communities

  • Provide activities and events that will support student, faculty and alumni career development

  • Pursue developmental opportunities to strengthen the financial positions of the department, college and University

  • Provide advice and support for the growth and enrichment of curriculum and education for both students and alumni

  • Review department educational objectives and outcomes and suggest revisions as needed

  • Further the participation of alumni and friends with the University and enhance their professional and academic growth

EAB Intranet (Login Required)

EAB Members

Theresa Kotanchek
Theresa Kotanchek
'84, '87, '91
EAB President (2016-2018)
CEO, Evolved Analytics LLC
Daniel Bucca
Daniel Bucca
'91
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Jack Coppola
Jack Coppola
'69, '71
Retired, Johns Manville International
Ryan Dirkx
Ryan Dirkx
'86
Vice President of Research and Development, Arkema, Inc.
Jill Glass
Jill Glass
'87, '90
Manager of Materials Reliability, Sandia National Labs
Theresa Kotanchek
Theresa Kotanchek
'84, '87, '91
EAB President (2016-2018)
CEO, Evolved Analytics LLC
Robert Kumpf
Robert Kumpf
'84, '86, '88
Strategy and Operations
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Sam Mouck
Sam Mouck
'82
Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions, Hot Shot Services, Inc.
Retired Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation
Mike Petrucci
Mike Petrucci
'82, '85
Vice President of Backbone Operations, BP America Inc.
Russ Reber
Russ Reber
'81
Retired Director - Business Transformation Enablement, Carpenter Technology Corporation
David Simpson
'89, '91, '93
Gas Phase & DPE Product Development Manager, ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Rachel Smithers
Rachel Smithers
'01
Area Manager, ArcelorMittal Steelton LLC
Edward Sobota Portrait
Edward Sobota
'94
President
TSI Titanium
Mary Strzelecki
Mary Strzelecki
'94, '99
Global Technology Manager DuPont Performance Materials
James VanAckeren
James VanAckeren
'75, '77
Director of System Modeling & Analysis, Aerospace Mechanical Center of Excellence, Honeywell International
Ruth Ann Wood
Ruth Ann Wood
'87, '91
Global Engineering Manager for Filter Elements, Pall Corporation